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#226 - Lajos Kossuth

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“Secret treaties will not easily find their way to public libraries”

Hungarian statesman (1802–1894) who played a leading role in bringing parliamentary government to that country. After abdicating his briefly held post as regent-president in the turmoil that followed the ascension of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1848, the fugitive leader made a successful tour of Britain and the United States. ALS in English, signed “Kossuth,” nine pages on five sheets, 4.5 x 7, April 12, 1858. Long letter to Susan Horner, on the ‘Secret Treaty of Verona.’ In part: “Of course you are aware that secret treaties will not easily find their way to public libraries; besides in this case England had withdrawn from the Congress before it was brought to an end, therefore not even that scanty light of publicity could ever have been cast on the Verona transaction, which we see sometimes issue from the foggy atmosphere of Downing Street, in the jack with a lantern shape of Blue Book 'extracts.' There is however a strong circumstantial evidence, which (in my estimation at least) leaves no doubt as to the authenticity of the document.” Scattered soiling and toned tape remnants to edges, otherwise fine condition. The ‘Secret Treaty of Verona’—now known to have been a newspaper forgery—was said to have been signed on November 22, 1822, by Austria, France, Prussia, and Russia, in an effort to suppress democratic and representative governments with the support of the Pope. Although it was debunked by the 1840s, the document is still cited by conspiracy theorists today. A fascinating letter on international intrigue. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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